Latest Updates from Assemblymember Bloom

Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s Redevelopment Fix Passes Key Committee

Assemblyman Richard Bloom listens to a question from a member of the committee. (Courtesy image) This week, the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development approved AB 2493, a bill by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that would allow free up approximately $750 million in redevelopment proceeds statewide that have been held hostage by the state since redevelopment agencies were dissolved in 2011.

Fraud Prevention Event Advise Seniors on How to Avoid Scams

Amid rising reports of fraud and financial scams, experts from four California agencies educated a group of approximately 60 senior citizens at a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar last Friday on shielding their home, medical care and finances from widespread schemes. Although believed to be underreported, a 2009 study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute estimates that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion a year as a result of financial abuse by way of scams involving home contracting work, property loans, Medicare and telemarketers, among many others.

Frazier and Bloom Move Forward With “Veteran” Driver’s License Bill

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill 1637 by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) and Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D – Santa Monica) passed the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee with bipartisan support. This bill would allow California veterans to apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a “Veteran” designation on their driver’s license or identification card.

Assemblymember Bloom's Redevelopment Fix Passes Key Committee

SACRAMENTO – This week, the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development approved AB 2493, a bill by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that would allow free up approximately $750 million in redevelopment proceeds statewide that have been held hostage by the state since redevelopment agencies were dissolved in 2011.

Bill to Ban Dangerous Rodent Poison in Sensitive Areas Passes Committee

SACRAMENTO – Legislation that would ban the use of second generation-anticoagulant rodenticides in wildlife habitat areas such as State and National Parks, State and Federal Wildlife refuges and state conservancies passed a key legislative committee yesterday. The bill, AB 2657, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), is an augmentation of a recent regulation promulgated by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) that seeks to eliminate the over-the-counter retail sales of the chemicals.

Assemblymember Bloom’s Redevelopment Fix Passes First Committee

SACRAMENTO – This week, the Assembly Committee on Local Government approved AB 2493, a bill by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that would allow free up approximately $750 million in redevelopment proceeds statewide that have been held hostage by the state since redevelopment agencies were dissolved in 2011.

Your Face Scrub Is a Serious Pollutant

In 2012, advocacy group 5 Gyres, which draws attention to the epidemic of ocean trash and the impact photo-degraded plastic is having on ocean ecosystems, turned its attention to the Great Lakes. Suddenly, the group's workload skyrocketed.

Assemblymember Bloom Announces Student Winners of Earth Day Poster Contest

SANTA MONICA – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced the winners of his first annual Earth Day Poster Challenge for students in grades 1 through 12 who attend a school located in the 50th Assembly District.

A grand prize was awarded for the best overall poster and one first place selection each from the elementary, junior high, and high school level. The grand prize award went to Capella Fox, a first-grader from Wilshire Private School in Los Angeles. The other three winners included Juliauna Mkrtchyan, a fifth-grader and Ani Sarafian, a ninth-grader, who attend TCA Archag Dickranian Armenian Art School in Los Angeles and who won the elementary and high school categories respectively, and an eight-grader from St. Monica’s Catholic School in Santa Monica who won the junior high school category.

"I was very impressed with both the level of interest in this contest and the creativity of the artwork that was submitted. All of the students who entered the contest should be applauded," said Bloom. "These youth are the future leaders of our communities. Their engagement and interest in our environment helps teach their peers how to be better stewards of our environment and encourages adults to do the same."

The Earth Day Poster Challenge was held to honor Earth Day 2014 and to help encourage schools and students of all ages to learn about Earth Day and to help promote this year’s Earth Day theme, Green Cities.

The contest, which was announced to all schools throughout the 50th Assembly District back in January, received over 100 entries. The poster size was limited to 8 ½ by 11 inches and must have been submitted on recycled paper. Students were allowed to utilize any form of media such as photos, drawings, paintings or collages for their posters. Entries were due to Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s Santa Monica District office by Friday, April 4th.

Founded in 1970 by former United States Senator Garylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd around the world. The purpose of Earth Day is to increase awareness and support for environmental programs and initiatives at the local, national, and global level and to also help educate people on how to be better stewards of their environment.

The winning posters will be on display in Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s District Office where they can be viewed by constituents, as well as friends and family members of the winners!

CONTACT: Sean MacNeil (916) 319-2050